au·​tar·​ky | \ ˈȯ-ˌtär-kē How to pronounce autarky (audio) \

Definition of autarky

1 : self-sufficiency, independence specifically : national economic self-sufficiency and independence
2 : a policy of establishing a self-sufficient and independent national economy

Examples of autarky in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Once a backward autarky, Russia now had real banks and a stock exchange. WSJ, 15 June 2022 Putin and his inner circle are the only ones who aspire to Russian autarky. Nate Sibley, National Review, 23 Feb. 2022 But punitive Western sanctions could thrust Russia back into a period of relative autarky, where it is forced to adapt to relative economic self-sufficiency, says Emma Ashford, a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council. Noah Robertson, The Christian Science Monitor, 2 Mar. 2022 A hundred people living in face-to-face autarky, a seasonal festival site like Burning Man: even these could, in the right circumstances, count as cities. Kwame Anthony Appiah, The New York Review of Books, 16 Dec. 2021 By the last half-century of the rule of the czars, Alexander III was shoring up his absolute autarky by bloody means, such as passing the infamous May Laws that set off hundreds of pogroms against the Russian empire’s Jews. Nicholas Clairmont, Washington Examiner, 4 Feb. 2021 The bigger issue is the vast disruption that would occur in the transition to more autarky. The Economist, 21 June 2018 Get our daily newsletter Muhammadu Buhari, who was inaugurated as president in May 2015 in the midst of an economic shock caused by low oil prices, turned to autarky. The Economist, 15 Mar. 2018 There has been a decisive shift away from openness and trade towards local autarky. The Economist, 22 Feb. 2018 See More

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First Known Use of autarky

1657, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for autarky

German Autarkie, from Greek autarkeia, from autarkēs self-sufficient, from aut- + arkein to defend, suffice — more at ark

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“Autarky.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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